Ladder Patents (Class 248/210)
  • Patent number: 10493795
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching a can to the belt of a wearer to free the wearer's hands for other work and decrease the risk of injury during such activities as ascending and descending a ladder or maneuvering through a construction site. The apparatus comprising a belt attachment, an upper piece, and a lower piece. The belt attachment and the upper piece may be formed as a single assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Inventor: Marcus Walker
  • Patent number: 10301874
    Abstract: An accessory holder for a ladder, such as an extension ladder, has a main body that attaches to the side rail of a ladder via the hollow interior of a rung, and has various adjustable hooks or arms that are configured to hold paint buckets, tools, brushes and other items for a painter or other tradesman.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Alex Lan
  • Patent number: 10167669
    Abstract: A Ladder Shelf System has a paint can retainer that has attachment slots for a painting device tray at its bottom portion. The painting device tray when reverse attached to the paint can retainer serves a support for the placement of a paint tray legs in slots of the painting device tray. A ladder is held to the paint can retainer using a dual member holder where each member thereof is held to an opposite side of the paint can retainer. Cutouts in the paint can retainer hold the wire holder of a paint can as necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: James T. Otenbaker
  • Patent number: 9907231
    Abstract: A lawn mower caddy includes a tray having an array of compartments for housing a variety of desired items and/or accessories therein. The items and/or accessories are those that one may be need when mowing a lawn. The items may include sun block, insecticide spray, a cell phone, a variety of small tools, etc. The tray also incorporates a removable trash container, a paper towel holder and a receptacle for retaining a beverage container. The tray is provided with a pair of hooks for removably supporting the tray from the handlebars of a conventional push lawn mower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventors: Norberto Ponce, Jose B. Garcia
  • Patent number: 9688171
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes an armrest having a body provided with a recessed portion recessed toward a widthwise inward direction of the seat in such a manner as to surround a shaft member, and a hook member attached to a distal end of the shaft member and fitted in the recessed portion. The hook member includes a presser portion for pressing a skin layer of the armrest with the skin layer gripped between the presser portion and the body of the armrest, a baggage engagement portion extending from the presser portion in a widthwise outward direction of the seat for hooking engagement with the baggage, and a flange portion located at a distal end of the baggage engagement portion and extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to an axis of the shaft member for preventing the baggage from displacing off the hook member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Taichi Yokoyama, Tomonori Takahashi, Yozo Furuta
  • Patent number: 9538834
    Abstract: A paint can holder for holding a paint can having an upper groove and lower lip comprises a bracket defining upper and lower ends, with the lower end defining a groove configured to accept the lower lip of the can therein. A clip and a lock operably are attached to the bracket proximal to the upper end. The lock is operably engageable with the upper groove of the can to removably secure the holder and can to one another. The clip is operably engageable with a belt or article of clothing. The holder preferably further includes a magnet located on the lock for magnetic engagement with a ferrous bristle binding of a paint brush to suspend the brush within about an interior of the can. In another embodiment, the paint can holder is adjustable to accommodate the holding of various sizes of the paint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Inventors: Brian J. Dietmeyer, Scott Padiak
  • Patent number: 9157276
    Abstract: A ladder accessory device for insertion into an opening in a prior art ladder rung, wherein the ladder accessory device provides an elevated work environment that is out of the path of an individual ascending/descending the ladder. The accessory device is preferably comprised of a rung insert, a rung insert locking device, a support arm, a platform arm, and a platform arm locking device. The rung insert locking device permits the support arm to be rotated about the rung insert locking device, and the platform arm is likewise rotatable about the support arm. A wide arrange of accessories may also be removably attached to the platform to increase the overall usefulness of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Kayenta Saucier, Andrew M. Visinski, Josef F Visinski, Adam Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9080716
    Abstract: A case construction encases an electronic device and enables a user to rotatably and linearly displace the electronic device relative to a select surface of the case construction. The case construction includes a case with a cradle-receiving surface, a cradle sized and shaped to removably receive an electronic device, and a device-to-surface anchor assembly. The cradle includes a centralized region having an oblong aperture. The oblong aperture defines a cradle displacement zone segment. The device-to-surface anchor assembly secures the cradle device to the cradle-receiving surface and is cooperable with the oblong aperture for enabling a user to linearly and rotatably displace the centralized region along the cradle displacement zone segment. Certain methodology for displacing an electronic device relative to select surfacing so as to position the electronic device in a select orientation relative to the select surfacing is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: WORLD RICHMAN Mfg. CORP.
    Inventor: Iordanka Koleva Mulhern
  • Patent number: 9051959
    Abstract: The present hanging caddy is comprised of a receptacle and a hook assembly. The receptacle includes a base, sidewalls and a back wall. The hook assembly includes a back member, top member and front member, with a first wedge proximate the front member and a second wedge proximate the back member. The first wedge, top member and second wedge form a vertical slot for accepting a beam. The front member, first wedge, second wedge and back member form a horizontal slot for accepting a beam. The hook assembly and receptacle may be separate components which fit together for use or, in the alternative, can be fully integrated together as one component piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Roger B. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150108302
    Abstract: A ladder clip is taught that allows for the secure support of paint cans, brushes, and other tools from a ladder. The device consists of a platform, having vanes that secure the platform in place in the hollows of ladder rungs. Tools are hung from the platform extension that extends beyond the opening of the rungs. To remove the ladder clip, one simply pulls on the tab that extends from the vanes to the extension, and the vanes fold down, allowing for easy removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Kahn
  • Patent number: 8997930
    Abstract: Various embodiments of ladders, ladder components, accessories for ladders, ladder systems and related methods are provided. In one embodiment a ladder and platform system is provided having at least two ladders and a platform or plank. The platform or plank has coupling mechanisms that provide adjustable but secure coupling of the platform to the ladders, either with the top cap or with the rungs. Other embodiments include storage devices and paint trays for use with ladders and ladder systems incorporating such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: N. Ryan Moss, Ryan Crawford, Ben K. Jackson, Stephen E. Boynton, Heidi Phillips, Keith Emmel
  • Patent number: 8925685
    Abstract: A shelf apparatus for use with a ladder or scaffold structure is provided. The shelf apparatus includes a substantially planar shelf structure having a plurality of holes positioned on a first side, wherein at least one of the plurality of holes is formed about a first axis positioned substantially perpendicular to the shelf structure. A cross-member engagement support is positioned on a second side of the shelf structure, the second side of the shelf structure opposite the first side, wherein the cross-member engagement support is formed about a second axis running from a first edge to a second edge of the shelf structure, and wherein the second axis intersects the first axis. A ladder-attachment structure is affixed to the shelf structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Donald Dufour
  • Patent number: 8919713
    Abstract: The disclosure and claims herein are directed to a paint can holder for attachment to a ladder, the paint can holder comprising a shaft having a first end, a second end, a top surface with a first friction area at the first end of the shaft, and a bottom surface with a second friction area at the second end of the shaft, configured such that inserting the shaft inside a rung of the ladder secures the paint can holder to the ladder, and a holding portion coupled to the second end of the shaft, the holding portion comprising a groove configured to receive a handle of a paint can, at least one opening, and at least one magnetic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis W. Reusser
  • Patent number: 8887867
    Abstract: A convenient ladder stabilization device for holding a ladder in place on a support surface. The device may attach to a lower rung of a ladder and extend and contact the support surface behind the ladder. The device of the present invention acts to secure and stabilize the bottom of the ladder to prevent the base of the ladder from sliding, skidding, or otherwise moving while a user is on the ladder. The present invention further provides for a lightweight and easy to use device that may be removably attached to any conventional ladder. The ladder stabilization device does not require any material alteration to the ladder and thus will not void the warranty of a conventional ladder when used in combination. The present invention improves user safety and reduces the need for having a second individual support the base of the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventors: Glenda Blazin, Thomas Corley
  • Patent number: 8882067
    Abstract: A guide track system and a bracket assembly thereof for supporting guide tracks thereof are provided. The guide track system comprises a first guide track piece, a second guide track piece, and a bracket assembly configured to support the first and second guide track pieces. The bracket assembly comprises a mounting feature configured to be mounted to a support structure, and a guide track supporting feature connected to the mounting feature and configured to support a portion of the guide track mounted thereon. The guide track supporting feature, in turn, comprises a body having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis extending through the first and second ends, wherein the first end is configured to be coupled with an end of the first guide track piece, and the second end is configured to be coupled with an end of the second guide track piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Material Control, Inc.
    Inventor: James F. Kerr
  • Publication number: 20140263897
    Abstract: A ladder accessory device for insertion into an opening in a prior art ladder rung, wherein the ladder accessory device provides an elevated work environment that is out of the path of an individual ascending/descending the ladder. The accessory device is preferably comprised of a rung insert, a rung insert locking device, a support arm, a platform arm, and a platform arm locking device. The rung insert locking device permits the support arm to be rotated about the rung insert locking device, and the platform arm is likewise rotatable about the support arm. A wide arrange of accessories may also be removably attached to the platform to increase the overall usefulness of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Kayenta Saucier, Andrew M. Visinski, Josef F. Visinski, Adam Goldberg
  • Patent number: 8794381
    Abstract: A bracket (60) for securing a first kickboard (62) transversely of a second kickboard (54) comprises a socket (64) for receiving an end of the first kickboard and a clip (70) for securing the bracket to the second kickboard, the clip comprising a lateral extension (76) aligned with the longitudinal axis of the second kickboard for stabilizing the bracket thereon. Also disclosed are (1) a telescopic rail (46) for use in forming a guard or safety barrier for builders' trestles, staging, scaffolding or the like, comprising inner and outer telescopic parts (80, 82), in which the inner part is prevented from sliding free of the outer part in use; (2) a brace for stabilizing adjacent trestles; (3) a ladder support bracket; (4) removable safety rail components and (5) a longitudinal kickboard bracket attached to a trestle crossmember.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Safestand Limited
    Inventor: Liam Clear
  • Patent number: 8776948
    Abstract: A system of increased safety when performing work using a ladder is described. The system includes a ladder bracket for temporarily attachment of a ladder to a structure to stabilize or secure the ladder. The bracket is easy to install and acts to limit or prevent slippage of the ladder laterally or away from the structure and generally promotes a greater margin of safety. In addition, the system includes a bracket for temporarily, yet securely, attaching a safety railing to a ladder. A guardrail carriage for securing a person to a rail via a tether is further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: John R. Svehlek
  • Patent number: 8678136
    Abstract: A tray is adapted to be attached to a scaffold, which may be achieved either through a clamp or by inserting an element into the end of a scaffold vertical member. A support structure of the tray may be affixed to a support structure, wherein the support structure is configured to provide a surface on which the user may position certain items. The tray has at least two axes of rotation with respect to the structure to which it is mounted, and the tray may be configured to be height adjustable. In one embodiment, the tray is configured specifically to support a paint container, and in another embodiment the tray is configured so that the support structure is formed as a tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Lori Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8672279
    Abstract: A reversible ladder-mounted support and tray has a bracket designed to be removably affixed to the combination of a rail of a ladder and over a rung just adjacent to the rail. A first fitting is provided that overlies the rail and a second fitting overlies the rung. Concerning the second fitting overlying the rung, in fact, two such fittings are also provided that are essentially back-to-back. In this way, the support may be removably installed on either of the opposed rails of the ladder so that the support can extend laterally to either side of the ladder. Attached to the first fitting designed to overlie the rail is an elongated rod to which is mounted an elongated tube or sleeve having a split and a locking mechanism. The split allows the tube to slide freely over the rod and the locking mechanism may be engaged to narrow the split to lock the position and orientation of the tube thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Martin Alexander Theodore Schirmacher, Ralph Lee Pasley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8636144
    Abstract: The present invention features a ladder tool tray with separable paint bucket. The tool tray comprises a first section as a tool organizer and a second section for paint bucket. The second section is removably attached to the first section via securing clasps and a top bracket. The first section comprises a plurality of storage compartments, screw driver holders, drill holders and cleaning tower/clothes hangers. The second section is a paint bucket with integrated hook to hold paint roller above the paint within the paint bucket. Each section has a handle for individual lifting and the handles can be held jointly to carry both sections together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventors: Mark W. Lawery, Robert A. Low
  • Publication number: 20130327907
    Abstract: A corner ladder stabilizing apparatus for stabilizing a ladder against a corner of a building or structure. The corner ladder stabilizing apparatus comprises a rung engaging member for attaching to the ladder and either an outside corner engaging element or an inside corner engaging element, depending on the corner to be laddered, is secured to the rung engaging member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond Reitz
  • Patent number: 8596454
    Abstract: A container mounted on the top step of a stepladder has a bottom wall joined to upright walls providing a chamber for holding tools, paint cans, parts and supplies. A ledge joined to an upright wall has holes and a slot to retain additional tools. Releasable fasteners secure the bottom wall to the top step of a stepladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: David C. Carlson
  • Patent number: 8579084
    Abstract: A founding chair for a founding ladder system is of a lightweight fabricated design and includes a pivotally secured top leveling plate. A ladder system for the founding chair includes a slide in engagement rack for securing of the founding chair and allowing incremental adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Brand Services, LLC
    Inventors: Allan James Becker, Stephen Wilson
  • Patent number: 8556034
    Abstract: The present invention is a paint chip and drip catching ladder accessory, which is used to prevent stray paint particles from hitting the surrounding area while painting. The present invention comprises a trough and two ladder attachments. The trough is used to catch both wet paint drops and dry paint chips from hitting the ground. The trough is also used to carry the stray paint particles to a wastebasket. Each of the ladder attachments have an insert that can be pushed into the outer side of a ladder, which allows the ladder attachments to be properly positioned along the ladder. The two ladder attachments extend away from the ladder in order to support the trough from the bottom. A plurality of grooves, which is located on the two ladder attachments, allows the trough to be adequately situated on the two ladder attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Christine Rice
  • Publication number: 20130256481
    Abstract: A ladder accessory device for insertion into an opening in a prior art ladder rung, wherein the ladder accessory device provides an elevated work environment that is out of the path of an individual ascending/descending the ladder. The accessory device is preferably comprised of a rung insert, a positive locking device, a support arm, and a platform arm. The positive locking device permits the support arm to be rotated and repositioned about the rung insert, and the platform arm is likewise rotatable and repositionable about and along the support arm. A wide arrange of accessories may also be removably attached to the platform to increase the overall usefulness of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Kayenta Saucier
  • Patent number: 8534621
    Abstract: An assembly for hanging ladders from surfaces such as ceilings and walls. The assembly includes a first ladder hanger that defines an aperture that receives a first end of the ladder and a second ladder hanger that receives a second end of the ladder. The second ladder hanger includes movable members that can be moved to permit the second end of the ladder to be stored in the storage space and can further retain the ladder in the storage space. In one implementation, rotating members are used to manipulate the ladder hanger into a storage configuration, in another implementation; pivoting members are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Paul W. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8528696
    Abstract: A ladder top for a stepladder includes a plane having a front and a rear. The plane has a bin for holding small parts and having a shape to hold a propane tank adjacent the front of the plane. The plane has at least one screwdriver hole. The plane has a drill holster. The plane has a hammer/pipe wrench hole. The plane has a channel lock slot. The plane has a pipe holder extending along the length of the pipe for holding pipe. A method for using a ladder top for a stepladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventor: Kyle G. Astor
  • Publication number: 20130192924
    Abstract: A support is mounted to a hollow end of at least one rung of an associated ladder. The support includes a body having a platform surface and a mounting member extending upwardly from the body. The mounting member is dimensioned for receipt in the hollow end of the rung. This arrangement provides a low center of gravity for the platform surface. The body includes openings, arms, shoulders, etc. for receiving various items such as paint brushes, scrapers, tools, cans, etc. A recess is received around a perimeter portion of the leg to enhance stability of the support when mounted to the ladder. The support is preferably molded from a plastic or other electrically non-conductive, non-corrosive material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mihai Paun
  • Publication number: 20130140423
    Abstract: An attachment apparatus is disclosed suitable for use with ladders comprising a wedging section enabling it to be wedged into a central bore of a rung of a ladder for attachment thereto. The attachment apparatus may have a wedging section formed from a resilient material. It may further include elongate engaging section whose cross-sectional dimension is less than that of a largest dimension of a central bore of a rung of a ladder for attachment thereto. It allows a user of the such apparatus to safely suspend items such as paint pots or tools from a ladder for easy reach.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: LADDER LIMB LIMITED
    Inventor: Alistair Taylor
  • Patent number: 8397870
    Abstract: A climbing apparatus that rests on a surface includes a flip ladder that can move between a straight configuration and a stepladder configuration. The apparatus includes a tray having a plane attached to the flip ladder that moves with the flip ladder between the straight configuration where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the ladder in a stowed position and a stepladder configuration where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the surface in an open position. A method for climbing includes the steps of moving a flip ladder between a straight configuration and a stepladder configuration. There is the step of moving a tray having a plane attached to the flip ladder from a stowed position where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the ladder to an opened position where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Parker
  • Publication number: 20130043358
    Abstract: A tool carrying device configured for removable engagement atop a stepladder and to provide elevated support for a user when the carrying device is positioned on the ground. A secure removable engagement with the top of the ladder is provided by walls descending from a top which form a skirt to surround the top end of the ladder and hold the device from sliding therefrom. Removable tool holders and shelves to hold and store tools are provided, allowing the user a secure tool box when atop a ladder and a slightly elevated working structure for tasks requiring a lower elevation for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Padilla
  • Publication number: 20120199710
    Abstract: The disclosure and claims herein are directed to a paint can holder for attachment to a ladder, the paint can holder comprising a shaft having a first end, a second end, a top surface with a first friction area at the first end of the shaft, and a bottom surface with a second friction area at the second end of the shaft, configured such that inserting the shaft inside a rung of the ladder secures the paint can holder to the ladder, and a holding portion coupled to the second end of the shaft, the holding portion comprising a groove configured to receive a handle of a paint can, at least one opening, and at least one magnetic area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis W. Reusser
  • Patent number: 8181925
    Abstract: A ladder mountable paint can holding assembly includes a panel that has a front side, a back side, a first lateral edge and a second lateral edge. A pair of support engagement members is attached to the panel. One of the support engagement members is positioned adjacent to the first lateral edge and one of the support engagement members is positioned adjacent to second lateral edge. Each of the support engagement members is configured to releasably engage one of the supports of the ladder. A receiving wall for supporting a paint can is attached to and extends outwardly from the front side. The receiving wall has an upper surface orientated perpendicular to the front side. The support engagement members are configured to engage a pair of supports of a ladder at an angle to retain the receiving wall in an approximately horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Roger D. Miville
  • Patent number: 8162275
    Abstract: A gallon paint can, brush, and scraper/wire brush holder for use with hollow D-rung ladders. The device includes an annular support member defining a recess into which a can, typically a standard one gallon paint can, or other container can be placed. The can, brush and scraper/wire brush are secured and prevented from falling through the recess of the ladder rung. Attached to the device is a rung insert member, comprising a smooth or ribbed tube with Neoprene washer inserts which can be inserted through the hollow rung in a snug fit, allowing the can to self-level by operation of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Dennis Reusser
  • Patent number: 8151938
    Abstract: A tool case for engaging a ladder comprises a skeleton, having a horizontal top surface and a vertical surface, extending from the horizontal top surface, the vertical surface and the horizontal top surface defining a compartment. The tool case also comprises a horizontal bottom surface and another vertical surface, extending from the horizontal bottom surface, the vertical surface and the horizontal bottom surface defining a cavity for receiving a top portion of the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: LF Centennial Limited
    Inventor: Terry Kinskey
  • Patent number: 8136774
    Abstract: A light bulb holder including a gripper unit for holding an elongate tubular light bulb during installation of the bulb in a light fixture. The gripper unit generally includes an attachment member for removably attaching the gripper unit to a ladder and at least one gripper supported on the attachment member. The gripper has opposed resilient fingers defining an opening for receiving a light bulb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Gem Temp, LLC
    Inventor: William S. Melittas
  • Patent number: 8104577
    Abstract: A bracket system enabling secure attachment and access of a ladder thereto a flatbed type trailer used with tractor-trailer rigs is herein disclosed, comprising two (2) generally square metal plates. One (1) side of the metal plate is provided with a narrow ā€œUā€-shaped cut-out which slides over a rub rail feature typically provided around the perimeter of a flatbed trailer. The exterior portion of each plate is then bolted to the side rails of a ladder. The plates are located so the ladder is completely supported and the bottom of the ladder is positioned approximately one (1) foot off of grade to allow use of the bracket system on any type of terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: James L. Reed
  • Publication number: 20120012424
    Abstract: An adjustable fan support frame for positioning an electric fan on a step ladder, scissor lift or other elevated working platform. The fan support frame may be configured for four-point attachments to be ladder or other elevated working platform. The fan may be attached to the frame by a pair of attachment arms with pivot joints, which may include an adjustable friction member to permit the fan to be rotated about the attachment arms and then fixed in a given orientation. The pivot arms may be similarly attached to the frame with pivot joints which may also be configured with friction members for controllable positioning of the arms with respect to the support frame. The frame may be supported by diagonal brace members coupled to the frame by a pivot joint and attached to the ladder or other elevated working platform via an attachment surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony Walker Bowman
  • Patent number: 8083199
    Abstract: A pool net mounting device is disclosed. The mounting device includes a pool net holding portion having a hollow cylindrical tube adapted to receive and secure a pool net in a plurality of angular orientations. The pool net mounting device also includes a mounting portion adapted to be removably attached to a cylindrical object such as a pool ladder rail. The net holding portion and the mounting portion are removably attached to each other in a variety of angular positions so that a wide range of configurations is achieved for orienting a pool debris net at a desired angular orientation and height. The net holding portion includes a number of apertures and slots therein for receiving a spring loaded pin, a common feature of pool nets. Alternative pool net attachment features are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Charles E. Brewer
  • Patent number: 8033362
    Abstract: A caddy apparatus designed to hold paint, construction items, supplies, tools and other materials while on an extension ladder without interfering with the safety of the person standing on the ladder is herein disclosed. The apparatus uses a dimensioned dowel rod which is selectably placed through the hollow cavity of the ladder rungs and extends through to either side where it is used to support the apparatus. The apparatus comprises a ā€œUā€-shaped bracket, which is supported on the dowel rod in any one of three closely-spaced hanging tubes. The base of the bracket provides a large flat tray for use in holding materials while working on the extension ladder. The use of said caddy allows workers on extension ladders quick access to tools, supplies and materials in an efficient and safe manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Gerald R. Cull
  • Patent number: 8016076
    Abstract: A climbing apparatus that rests on a surface includes a flip ladder that can move between a straight configuration and a stepladder configuration. The apparatus includes a tray having a plane attached to the flip ladder that moves with the flip ladder between the straight configuration where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the ladder in a stowed position and a stepladder configuration where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the surface in an open position. A method for climbing includes the steps of moving a flip ladder between a straight configuration and a stepladder configuration. There is the step of moving a tray having a plane attached to the flip ladder from a stowed position where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the ladder to an opened position where the tray plane is essentially parallel with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Werner Co.
    Inventor: Thomas W. Parker
  • Patent number: 7984887
    Abstract: A ladder locking device having a harness and a lock shuttle for retaining a ladder on a rack or other storage device. The harness having a pair of parallel spaced apart arms and an intermediary arm integrally formed with the spaced apart arms. The lock shuttle having a pair of harness holes adapted to receive the pair of spaced apart arms of the harness and a pair of thumb release assemblies adapted to retain the harness in the lock shuttle and to release the harness from the lock shuttle. The intermediary arm and the lock shuttle each have a flexible pad. The pad of the lock shuttle is retained in a pad holder and there is an adjustment knob in mechanical communication with the pad holder that moves the pad holder from an expanded position to a retracted position to securely retain a ladder on a storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Sean M. Visser
  • Patent number: 7967264
    Abstract: A U-shaped bracket having an adjustable width is telescopically inserted around a side rail of the ladder by pushing the bracket onto the side rail with the open end of the bracket receiving the side rail as the bracket is pushed onto the side rail. Side walls of the bracket have extended wall portions that stick out past the rear of the side rail. A paint can holder can be telescopically inserted through a set of aligned holes in the extended wall portions to couple the paint can holder to the side rail of the ladder. A paint roller pan holder can also be telescopically inserted through a set of aligned holes in the extended wall portion to couple the paint roller pan holder to the side rail of the ladder. The paint roller pan holder includes a pivot connection to allow the portion of the holder that supports a paint roller pan to be leveled relative to the horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Lloyd E. Peterson
  • Patent number: 7934584
    Abstract: A device for attachment to a conventional type of ladder for holding tools and other diverse items in a position for convenient access by a workman on the ladder is described in two embodiments. In both embodiments the device includes a rigid, linearly elongated member carrying a pair of projections having free ends in opposing, spaced relation, the distance between the free ends being selectively adjustable by relative movement of the projections along an axis parallel to a spaced from the axis of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Abram D. Groy
  • Patent number: 7926616
    Abstract: A device for attachment to a conventional type of ladder for holding tools and other diverse items in a position for convenient access by a workman on the ladder is described in two embodiments. In both embodiments the device includes a rigid, linearly elongated member carrying a pair of projections having free ends in opposing, spaced relation, the distance between the free ends being selectively adjustable by relative movement of the projections along an axis parallel to a spaced from the axis of the elongated member. In a first described embodiment, the elongated member is formed by a pair of tubular, telescopingly engaged members with one of the projections fixedly mounted to opposite ones of the pair of members. In the preferred embodiment, the elongated member is a one-piece rod with one of the projections fixedly connected thereto and the other projection mounted to a bracket which is slidable along the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Abram D. Groy
  • Patent number: 7913964
    Abstract: A painting pail system includes a bucket, a bucket support, and a brace for the support. The bucket has an open top. The open top has a rod mounted thereacross. The support may be a U-shaped support having a pair of arms extending from a base, where the base is mounted to the substantially vertical brace so as to extend the arms substantially horizontally from the brace. The rod is mounted at its ends to distal ends of the arms, that is, distal from the base. The upper end of the brace includes a pair of mounting hooks spaced apart laterally so as to hook over an upper rung. The brace is elongate and its lower end is adapted to engage against a lower rung. A selectively engageable third hook latches the pair of mounting hooks onto the upper rung. The bucket may be removed from the support by releasing a latch arm mounted on the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Samuel Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7905458
    Abstract: A ladder accessory device includes an arm and a sleeve for engaging a hollow rung of a ladder. While installed, the sleeve is generally stationary within the hollow rung. The arm is generally is free to rotate within the sleeve about a first axis defined by length of the arm. A member engages the arm at a first joint about which the arm may rotate. A platform engages the member at a second joint about which the platform may rotate. Motion about the first axis and motion about the first joint enable the platform to be generally self-leveling in two directions while the member suspends the platform at a level lower than the arm. Range of motion of the first joint and second joint extend sufficiently to allow the arm, member and platform to be stored in a generally parallel alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: BILLT, Inc.
    Inventor: William Lorne Hohensee
  • Publication number: 20110057079
    Abstract: A gallon paint can, brush, and scraper/wire brush holder for use with hollow D-rung ladders. The device includes an annular support member defining a recess into which a can, typically a standard one gallon paint can, or other container can be placed. The can, brush and scraper/wire brush are secured and prevented from falling through the recess of the ladder rung. Attached to the device is a rung insert member, comprising a smooth or ribbed tube with Neoprene washer inserts which can be inserted through the hollow rung in a snug fit, allowing the can to self-level by operation of gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis W. Reusser
  • Patent number: 7845469
    Abstract: A versatile, easy to use, adjustable tool, paint, accessory and supply caddy for use on an extension ladder. The caddy can be used on ladders having rungs that are either round in cross section or have steps that are flat and more rectangular in shape. Upper and lower mounting cradles attach to any consecutive rungs of the extension ladder at two separate attachments points. A quick release, spring loaded clamping mechanism allows the ladder caddy to be quickly and securely attached and then removed from the ladder, with the upper and lower mounting cradles adjustable to accommodate different ladder rung/step shapes as well as diameters and distances between rungs. Paddle shaped trays can be locked in place on the caddy in a variety of positions, and the trays can swing over or under each other or be swung in opposing directions away from the ladder user thereby creating a useable work space adaptable to almost any ladder position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: David C. Butler, Clint L. Dixon